and various other B-ish things.
I realize I've already written 2 post in the past 2 days, and this will be my second one for today, but I have a lot on my mind. I'm off of facebook for a while as well, so I guess this is my outlet for now. :P
I've been reading through I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, and I & II Chronicles lately, and it seems that every night I find a little "nugget" of beauty as I read. I have developed a new-found appreciation for the Old Testament, and it has been extremely beneficial for me to review. I'll spill more on this later though; anyone that I have mentioned this to knows that I can go on forever about it...
This is a "nugget" that I recently found:
II Chronicles 22:7 -
"His going to Joram was God’s occasion for Ahaziah’s downfall; for when he arrived, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab."
When I read this verse, it got me thinking. Especially here lately, I've realized that there have been multiple instances in my life when God used certain situations or people as an occasion to make me really think about my life. It is so encouraging to experience moments when I really know and have seen physical proof that God's hand is in my life, whether it be by answering my prayers or the prayers of my family and friends - not that I doubt He is there at other times, it has just been overwhelmingly obvious at certain instances and I love the feeling I get when I realize it. Such comfort!! - A God that loves me so much! Even when I don't understand why certain things happen, I can fully trust that God knows what is best for me, and if I put Him first, He will give me all I could need.
It is also comforting to see that the same God who has used certain happenings in my life to assist me in realizations, also used happenings in Ahaziah's life. What a blessing to have a God who does not change. This is one of the reasons for my developing appreciation of the Old Testament. I'll expound on that at a later time though. I'm tired!
".. the laws of physics are highly mathematical in nature. They would not work if there were not also laws of mathematics. Mathematical laws and principles include the rules of addition, the transitive property, the commutative properties of addition and multiplication, the binomial theorem, and many others. Like the laws of physics, the laws of mathematics are abstract; they are not "attached" to any specific part of the universe. It is possible to imagine a universe where the laws of physics are different; but it is difficult to imagine a (consistent) universe where the laws of mathematics are different.
The laws of mathematics are an example of a "transcendent truth." They must be true regardless of what kind of universe God created. This maybe because God's nature is logical and mathematical. Thus, any universe He chose to create would neccesarily be mathematical in nature. The secular naturalist cannot account for the laws of mathematics. Certainly, he would believe in mathematics and would use mathematics; but he is unable to account for the existence of mathematics within a naturalistic framework since mathematics is not a part of the physical universe. However, the Christian understands that there is a God beyond the universe and that mathematics reflects the thought of the Lord. Understanding math is in a sense "thinking God's thoughts after Him" (though in a limited, finite way, of course).
Some have supposed that mathematics is a human invention; it is said that if human history had been different, an entirely different form of math would have been constructed-with alternate laws, theorems, axioms, etc. But such thinking is not consistent. Are we to believe that the universe did not obey mathematical laws before people discovered them? Did the planets orbit differently before Kepler discovered that p(squared)=a(cubed)? Clearly, mathematical laws were something that human beings have discovered-not invented. The only thing that might have been different (had human history taken a different course) is the notation-the way in which we choose to express mathematical truths through symbols. But these truths exist regardless of how they are expressed. Mathematics is the "language of creation."
-Jason Lisle, "Don't Creationists Deny the Laws of Nature?" in "The New Answers Book".
I am so thankful for a God who loves me and continues to take care of me.
I love my family so much. They are a blessing I could not have asked for.
I am also very thankful for so many friends that mean the world to me. I don't know what I would do without them.
"But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward."
We as humans have had the same problems since creation: we are selfish beings. In this day and age, we are taught that we are the god of our own lives. We make our own decisions in whatever way we see fit, and no one else has the right to think anything of our choice.
I believe this comes from our realization of how "much" earthly knowledge we have obtained. We feel that because we understand so much about this universe, we must be able to control it in some way. People become wrapped up in their own tiny little life thinking that it is the way it is because they have made it that way. If one would only step back for one second and see the frailty and weakness of the human being, he would easily come to the conclusion that we can't be in control of our own lives. It is not even sensible to think otherwise.
Because of this attitude of controlling our own lives, I feel like our society has fallen deeply into 3 main problems:
1. We feel no guilt.
2. We see no need for a Savior.
3. We do not want to see God, no matter how plainly visible He is.
I've got quite a few verses in mind, but if you would, search for yourself and post some that you think could help with these 3 very incorrect mindsets.